Anyone who likes Western history will want to visit Sharlot Hall Museum, one of Arizona’s finest history museums. Nine historic buildings anchored by the former Territorial Governor’s Mansion regularly stage historic re-enactments, as well as four heritage festivals a year.
Other museums in Prescott include the Phippen Museum, which showcases the art and heritage of the American West; the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture; and the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, featuring native and exotic wildlife in a natural setting.
Impossible to miss, the Courthouse Square is abuzz with activity on weekends and nightly in summer, with concerts, festivals, and fairs. A moving panorama of strollers, Frisbee games, snowball fights, and dog encounters, the square is ringed by 170 mature elms and has been the gathering place in Prescott since the 1880s.
Nearby Whiskey Row offers Prescott’s most lively music scene, and is made up of restored bars and restaurants that were frequented by legendary Wild West figures. Today, Whiskey Row includes unique shops and boutiques that continue all the way around the Square. Antiques, gifts, clothing, and restaurants star here—all in one-of-a-kind, independently-owned enterprises.
The town of Prescott Valley to the south has a 14-screen movie theater, video arcade, major department stores, a 6,000-seat concert venue.